PHOTO CALL: TKTS Times Square Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Harvey Fierstein, Forbidden Broadway, Julie Halston and Karaoke
By Matthew Blank
TKTS celebrated 40 years in Times Square with Broadway-themed festivities June 26.
The same-day discount theatre outlet began the celebration at 11 AM behind the TKTS booth on Broadway and 47th Street, where a proclamation from the City of New York was presented to Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and accepted on its behalf by "The Unofficial Mayor of Broadway," four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.
Following the presentation, the cast of Forbidden Broadway performed a tribute to TKTS written by Gerard Alessandrini, the show's creator.
Julie Halston, known as the "Unofficial Hostess of Broadway," introduced karaoke singers, who performed Broadway songs from the past 40 years. Halston also interviewed people in the TKTS line. The day also included TKTS Patron Service Representatives dressed in costumes from the TDF Costume Collection in the style of shows that have opened on Broadway or have had major revivals in the past 40 years.
"Operated by Theatre Development Fund (TDF), a not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, TKTS opened for business on June 25, 1973 and quickly became a mecca for theatregoers from all over the world," press notes state. "Making theatre affordable with same-day discount tickets and providing an urban fellowship of theatre lovers on Duffy Square (47th Street and Broadway) has helped turn TKTS into one of New York City’s most photographed landmarks. The current TKTS Booth, housed under red glass steps, opened in 2008 and has garnered over a dozen international design awards. The glowing red staircase above TKTS became the first public space in Times Square, and it quickly became a popular respite for locals and visitors 365 days a year."
TKTS has distributed over 58.5 million tickets to Broadway, Off-Broadway, music and dance events since it first opened for business.
More information about TKTS can be found by visiting tdf.org.
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